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Lloyds TSB wins by head in the popularity stakes

Lloyds TSB is the most popular bank in the UK due to its flexibility on customers&#39 financial needs, according to research by ICM for software services provider CMG.

The survey, which interviewed over 1,000 adults across the UK, shows 18 per cent of people think Lloyds TSB has the best image although the big four banks&#39 scores were all very close, indicating that consumers have difficulty in distinguishing between banks.

Barclays Bank was most popular with the 18 to25 age group, while smaller players such as Halifax and Co-op languished at the bottom, with only 2 per cent of support between them.

Abbey National received a low overall score but led the field in awareness of technological innovation, with 40 per cent of users choosing it for its accessibility over the phone, internet and other channels.

CMG national director for finance Jane Tweddle says: “The fact that Lloyds topped the league at 18 per cent, but was very closely followed by HSBC and NatWest at 15 per cent, shows that banks are struggling to find a way to differentiate themselves. Consumers evidently have difficulty pinpointing if or why their bank is the best.

“With supermarkets, internet sites and even telecoms companies becoming banks, the competition is hotting up and high-street banks need to work harder than ever to make themselves stand out.”


Massive commission overhaul planned

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NDF goes for top 10

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Hargreaves&#39 Dampier defends polarisation

Investment IFA Hargreaves Lansdown has issued a detailed criticism of the regulator&#39s proposals for the abolition of polarisation saying the proposed system is nothing but one big loophole.The IFA believes that the current system is working on the whole. Head of research Mark Dampier points out that most of the problems, in particular Equitable, have […]

UK chief leaves Gartmore

Gartmore head of UK retail Michael Wrobel has left the firm as part of a top-level management restructure.Wrobel, who had been at Gartmore for seven years, will be replaced by NatWest Private Banking managing director Paul Feeney. Before working at NatWest, Feeney was global marketing director for the Coutts Group.Gartmore has appointed two more directors […]

Key themes for 2017

Capital Market Notes, December 2016 Dave Lafferty, chief market strategist at Natixis Global Asset Management, assesses the accuracy of his 2016 outlook and provides his thoughts and outlook for 2017. Click here to read the full article


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